Harlem Pastor Equates Seattle’s Starbucks to Ebola

Harlem Pastor Equates Seattle’s Starbucks to Ebola

Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington
Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington

Pastor James David Manning had the LGBT community in an uproar when his billboard image of “Jesus would stone homos” went viral earlier this year. Now, the controversial ATLAH Worldwide Missionary mouthpiece from Harlem, New York is making a new case against Seattle coffee giant Starbucks.

In his latest rant for the Manning Report, the pastor quipped: “I am now on the Ebola watch, warning people to stay away from Starbucks.” He added that the location itself bred “a large number of sodomites and the [LGBT] crowd that usually, and continue to, approach the idea of sex, intercourse and dating on a lower, less visible, less social scale because of the nature of what they want to do.”

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Manning previously posted a video a month before the billboard was unveiled blaming gay men for the absence of fathers in some African-American homes, claiming white gay men tempt black men away from heterosexuality. He ranted about Obama praising black athletes Jason Collins and Michael Sam for coming out.

As for throwing new fuel into the fire, Manning now reminds his followers in the more recent video: “Remember, I told you back in 2007 that Obama was a homo.”

The pastor used his public platform earlier this year to “expose” that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are secretly black, that Obama had conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart murdered, and that Washington D.C. police killed a woman carrying Obama’s baby.

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Starbucks has a long history of supporting equal rights. The Seattle-based coffee company was a prominent member of the Washington United for Marriage coalition in 2012 to bring same-sex legal marriage to Washington state.

In 2013, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made a case for supporting the marriage battle in Washington during a speech at the annual investor meeting, saying: “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

June 2014 sparked another moment for Starbucks to rally on the right side of history. During Pride 2014, Starbucks raised an 800 sq. ft. rainbow flag over its headquarters on 1st Avenue in celebration of Seattle Pride’s 40th anniversary.

Starbucks partner Anthony Hesseltine said during the flag raising ceremony: “There was no resistance. It was more difficult for me to find and purchase the flag than it was to get people in the building to support the idea of flying the Pride flag.” Adding, “Not everyone will approve of Starbucks flying the Pride flag. I don’t wish any harm by having the flag fly, but I do want people to reflect. The whole message is about diversity and accepting people for their differences. If you think about a rainbow, no one color is dominant. It’s a harmonization of different colors, each color contributing to the whole.”

Earlier this week, Starbucks released its first LGBT-themed commercial starring Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Watch the clip below.



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